The Last Supper

Mount Zion

Mount Zion, the tallest hill in ancient Jerusalem, is best known for being the location where the Last Supper took place.
Here you will find everything you need to know before visiting this holy site!


Why is Mount Zion important?

Many events described in the New Testament took place on Mount Zion.
According to tradition, the Last Supper took place right here, in a place known today as “The Room of the Last Supper”.

The Mount is also the place where the disciples gathered after the Ascension of Jesus and where the Holy Spirit descended upon them on the day of Pentecost.

Mount Zion
Mount Zion | Eman, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons



Where is Mount Zion located?

Mount Zion is located just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.



What are the main Christian attractions in Mount Zion?

The main Christian attractions in Mount Zion include:

  • Abbey of the Dormition (Basilica of the Assumption) – a church located on the spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary ended her worldly existence.

    Abbey of the Dormition
    Abbey of the Dormition | Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia
  • Cenacle (also known as the “Upper Room”) – a room in the David’s Tomb Compound. Traditionally this is the site of the Last Supper.
    It is also considered to be the first Christian church according to Catholics.
  • Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu – a Roman Catholic church located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. The church commemorates Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus, and his repentance and reconciliation with Jesus after the Resurrection.
  • King David’s Tomb – this site is considered by some to be the burial place of biblical King David of Israel, according to a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition beginning in the 9th or 12th century CE.  However, the majority of historians and archaeologists do not consider the site to be the actual resting place of King David.


What should I know before visiting Mount Zion?

The term Mount Zion has been used in the Hebrew Bible for multiple locations. First, it was the name for the City of David and later for the Temple Mount.
Now its meaning has shifted and it is used as the name of the Western Hill of ancient Jerusalem.
In a wider sense, the term Zion is also used for the entire Land of Israel.

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Are there any fun facts about Mount Zion?

Of course!

  • On Mount Zion you can find a Catholic cemetery where Oskar Schindler is buried. 
    Oskar Schindler is a Righteous Gentile who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews in the Holocaust.
  • Derekh Ha’Apifyor (Pope’s Way) – this way, leading up to Mount Zion, is named so by the Israeli government in honor of Pope Paul VI’s historic visit to Israel in 1964.
  • The highest point of Mount Zion is 765 m (2,510 ft). It was the highest point in ancient Jerusalem!